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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
April 24, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Teaching



My teaching interests are in the areas of physical chemistry and environmental chemistry.

Teaching Philosophy

I have found teaching to be a challenging yet gratifying experience. Communicating my enthusiasm for the subject to students and engaging their interest in the material is a mutually rewarding enterprise. I welcome feedback and questions from students during and outside class time, and I am generally available, either in person or by e-mail

In class, I often use Powerpoint slides and computer-aided graphics but I also use chalk/marker and blackboard/whiteboard. I have found that this low-tech approach is the best one for many topics because I can describe the assumptions made as I develop the relevant equations. I go through detailed examples in class and ensure that students work out examples on their own. I wholeheartedly endorse the observation of the Chinese sage who said "I hear, I forget; I see, I remember; I do, I understand."

My goal is to teach students the fundamentals of the course material in a manner that enables them to develop problem solving skills that are transferable to other areas.

Courses Taught

I am on sabbatical leave in the 2013/2014 academic year.

At the undergraduate level I have recently taught CH313, Quantum Chemistry,  CH213, Physical Chemistry 2A (quantum chemistry and spectroscopy), and CH233, Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry.

At the graduate level, I have recently taught CH613 (Advanced Quantum Chemistry).